Maj. Congrove Assumes Command of "Tex" Hill Squadron
San Marcos, Texas — Tuesday evening brought a change of command ceremony to the San Marcos squadron of the Civil Air Patrol. Texas Wing Group V Commander Lt. Col. Ed Garland presided over the ceremonial event, passing the squadron guidon from outgoing commander Capt. Robert Klett to newly minted commander Maj. Matthew Congrove.
Capt. Klett was the squadron leader for most of 2015. Since he accepted command membership levels have risen steadily, increasing nearly 40 percent. Member retention rates during the same period stood at 98 percent, a testament to his leadership and integrity. Klett will continue his service with the Civil Air Patrol, taking over financial duties for the squadron and serving as an advisor to Maj. Congrove.
"Captain Klett did a remarkable job running this squadron," Maj. Congrove said after the ceremony. "Not only did he serve this squadron with distinction, but he did so while balancing his duty to serve his family and the wider community of San Marcos as the Assistant Police Chief. We're all thankful for the selfless sacrifices he's made during his time as squadron commander."
Maj. Congrove, who is embarking on his first command assignment, has over 11 years of combined service as a cadet and senior member in the Civil Air Patrol. In the past, Maj. Congrove served as a public affairs officer at the wing, group and squadron level in Florida. He'll continue to hold the positions of "Tex" Hill's Public Affairs Officer and Group V Public Affairs Officer during his command tenure.
Speaking on his goals for the squadron, Maj. Congrove outlined key elements, including an effort to ensure a plan is in place for when the membership numbers overwhelm the current headquarters building's size. "Thankfully we have great staff who keep the unit humming along smoothly," Maj. Congrove added. "For the most part, operations will remain as-is."
About Civil Air Patrol
Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force's Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol's 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com for more information.
Lt. Col. Ron Diana, CAP
Squadron Commander & Public Affairs Officer
David Lee "Tex" Hill Composite Squadron, SWR-TX-435, Texas Wing
(512) 710-8435 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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